Recently, Divinity & I moved. We are now way too far away from our present veterinarian to continue seeing her. We needed to find another veterinary hospital. My vet suggested I look up the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). I should then search for an accredited vet in my area.
AAHA has very high standards, and only about 3,000 veterinary hospitals voluntarily participate in the AAHA hospital evaluation program.
AAHA is the only organization that accredits animal hospitals throughout the U.S. and Canada. AAHA-accredited hospitals voluntarily choose to be evaluated on 900 standards in the following areas: quality of care; diagnostic & pharmacy; management; medical records; and facility.
Here are a few of AAHA’s standards:
- The standards require hospitals to provide diagnostic services (x-ray and laboratory) so that they can quickly and accurately diagnose your pet.
- The standards focus on the quality of care in the areas of: anesthesia, contagious diseases, dentistry, pain management, patient care, surgery and emergency care.
- Accredited hospitals have an on-site pharmacy (another standards area) so they can begin treatment immediately.
- AAHA standards also require that medical records be thorough and complete which helps them to better understand your pet’s medical history and how past health issues might be impacting their current medical status.